OverviewLionHead Studios was founded by Peter Molyneux, Mark Webley, Tim Rance and Steve Jackson in July 1997, coming from Bullfrog Productions. The company was headquartered in Surrey, England.
Around 2000, the company started offering companies to become a Lionhead satellite studio, to work on games under guidance of Lionhead as a main company:
- Big Blue Box Studios (eventually merged into Lionhead)
- Intrepid Computer Entertainment Ltd. (until October 2004)
- Black & White Studios (separate division, not really a satellite studio)
On 6th April 2006, the company was acquired by Microsoft Game Studios. Since then, the Fable franchise has been continued with Fable II in October 2008.
In January 2012 CTO Tim Rance left the company to establish the game development studio 22 Cans. In March of that year Peter Molyneux announced to follow him there. They work together with Peter Murphy, who also was with Lionhead until around 2008.
On 7th March 2016 Microsoft announced that development on Fable Legends was ceased and a proposed closure was confirmed. It was officially closed on 29th April 2016.
|Fable: The Journey||(2012)|
|Fable II: Pub Games||(2008)|
|Black & White 2||(2005)|
|Fable: The Lost Chapters||(2005)|
|Black & White||(2001)|
TriviaThe logo was designed by Evie Mclaughlin, the wife of Art Lead Paul Mclaughlin at the company.
They came up with the name Lionhead because it was the name of Mark Webley's hamster; which died one week before the company was founded.
The official game website was http://www.lionhead.co.uk
Related Web Sites
- Lionhead: The inside story (a detailed company profile on Eurogamer (12th May 2016))
- Wikipedia: Lionhead Studios (article in the open encyclopedia)
Logo from 1997 to Apr 29, 2016